On Pointe at Opus II Dance Studio

By Jacqui Pollard

October 31, 2013

On Pointe at Opus II Dance Studio

"Five, six, seven, eight!"

Arms fly in the air.
The Flowers and Candy Canes are on pointe.
Faces turn forward.
Smiles on.

Surrounded by Christmas trees, beautiful poinsettias, garland with red bows, and that famous doll tucked in the corner, the full cast of the Nutcracker poses gracefully for their final portrait together on and in front of their festively decorated staircase.

Last night marked our annual Nutcracker shoot with the ladies and gentleman of the Ashland Regional Ballet. While this was only my third year doing this shoot, it marked Maurer Photography's 18th year working with the Ashland Regional Ballet to capture the intriciate costumes, elegant dancers, and the unforgettable characters of the Nutcracker.

Each time I have the opportunity to work with these talented young men and women, I am amazed by their grace and ability. Some of my favorite shots from this shoot are the solo shots where timing is everything! A split second too late, and I'll have missed "the shot." It's a fun challenge for me to work hard to get "the shot" of the dancer that I know he or she will forever cherish.

Feeling inspisred to see these dancers in action? Mark your calendars for the Ashland Regional Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker on December 7th at 2:30PM and 8:00PM and December 8th at 2:30PM at The Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield.

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